Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of June 1, 2017

2017

June 4, 1:30pm: Estes Park Jazz Festival, Estes Park, CO, with Vanessa Rubin

June 9, 7-10pm: Calvary Baptist Church at North Jersey at Garfield presents a Pre-Anniversary Jazz Vesper

June 27-30: Don is proud to be the Music Director of the 2nd Annual Texas Jazz and Blues Camp

July 9 - August 6: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame.  E-mail info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860)361-6285 for more info.

July 12, 8 & 9:30p.m.: The Zinc Bar, NYC, CD Release Performance of Conversations, featuring the Trio of Liberty (Don on tenor sax and flute, Joris Teepe on bass, Jeremy Warren on drums).

July 25th: Westfied Jazz Festival, Westfield NJ, with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k).

August 6, 12:30p.m.: The Litchfield Jazz Festival, with the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra, guest conductor/arranger Jen Allen.

August 18-21: Special Guest Instructor: Jazzworks Jazz Camp, Canada.

September 30: The Packing House, Willington, CT with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, TBA on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute)

October 6: Erie, PA, with Vanessa Rubin.

October 22: Don is proud to be the Music Director of New Jersey Jazz Society's 45th Anniversary Tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli.

October 30, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jon Fisher on drums.

November 5: Rotterdam, Netherlands

November 6-10: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

November 7: Lleuwarden, Netherlands

November 9-20: European Tour with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute), with gigs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania, Specific dates coming soon!


2018

March 19-23: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

April 28: Don is proud to be the Music Director of Bright Moments, Celebrating Dorthaan at 80, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. Featuring  Jimmy Heath, Cassandra WIlson and many others.

May 21: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, with the Don Braden Group

Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote/Chulo Gatewood/Mark Peterson - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)